Over the past month, I have been reading a book that was brought into my life for a very specific reason. I’d like to call it a divine intervention. I have mentioned it in a previous post and it’s on my “What I’m Reading” page of my blog. It’s called Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist. I have had 2-3 divine interventions while reading the book, one of which happened during the last chapter a few nights ago. It’s a book that reminded me I wasn’t alone. I’m not alone. That there is hope. That what I have is enough. But, more on that stuff later.
In the meantime, I have decided to start a series on my blog called Bittersweet. A visual and written appreciation to Shauna and her story. A thank you for her honesty and transparency and creativity and faith. But more importantly, a sharing of what I have learned from her book and some really important words she brought to paper that just so happened to connect with my eyes and resonate with my soul.
And today I bring you the first of the series which is the premise of her book and words that, at this point in my life, are needed and are necessary. Maybe right now you are in a place in your life to celebrate. I encourage you to do so. Do so well. With a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. And friends. And perhaps the perfect LBD that makes you look 10 pounds skinner than you are. And if you are in a place in your life of growth, grow the crap out of it! Embrace the growth. Grow well. Invite your friends, hang tightly to the tissue in your hand, get on your knees in prayer and know that growth is good.
For me, I fall into the latter (and yes, just a few days ago I was parallel with my West Elm rug in my dining room praying fervently to God). And a few close girlfriends are joining me on Friday night, in their Lululemon gear, with junk food and red wine and games and hugs and laughter and tears, I’m sure.
Thank you for the sweet. Thank you for the bitter.